Florida 2004 ballot measures
November 2, 2004 ballot in the state of Florida.Eight statewide ballot questions were on the
- All eight measures were approved.
- Two measures were legislatively-referred constitutional amendments, while six were initiated constitutional amendments.
On the ballot
|Amendment 1||Abortion||Requires a minor's parent or guardian shall to be notified before the termination of pregnancy|
|Amendment 2||Direct Democracy||Requires initiative petitions to file by Feb. 1 of general election year and Supreme Court advisory opinions by Apr. 1|
|Amendment 3||Tort law||Limits contingency fees paid to attorneys in malpractice suits|
|Amendment 4||Gambling||Allows voters in two counties to approve slot machines at existing racing facilities|
|Amendment 5||Minimum wage||Raise minimum wage to $6.15 and then indexes it to inflation|
|Amendment 6||Transportation||Repeals constitutional requirement to build a high speed rail system|
|Amendment 7||Health care||Provides right to request and review records of health care facilities regarding adverse medical episodes|
|Amendment 8||Health care||Prohibits medical doctors who have three or more incidents of medical malpractice from being licensed|
Not on the ballot
|Additional Homestead Tax Exemption||Taxes||Would increase the homestead exemption on property assessment by $25,000||Courts struck from ballot|
|Additional Standards for Legislative and Congressional District Apportionment||Admin of gov't||Would ensure that districts will utilize existing political and geographical boundaries; districts will preserve communities of interest; and districts can't be drawn to favor an incumbent, political party or other person||Abandoned|
|Fairness of Tax Exemptions and Exclusions||Taxes||Would require legislation to periodically review sales tax exemptions to ensure they serve a public purpose||Courts struck from ballot|
|Amendment Requiring Legislators to Teach in Their District Four Days per Year||Admin of gov't||Would enact amendment that requires legislators to spend four days a year as a substitute teacher in their school district||Courts struck from ballot|
|Amendment to Repeal the Requirement of High-Speed Ground Transportation||Transportation||Would repeal the provision that mandates development and operation of high-speed ground transportation system, leaves decisions concerning state transportation systems to legislature||Abandoned|
|Medical Marijuana for Specific Certified Medical Purposes||Marijuana||Would establish right to obtain and use marijuana for specific medical purposes when certified as appropriate by licensed physician, protects physicians who recommend or provide medical marijuana, allows for penalties for fraudulent certification or use||Courts struck from ballot|
|Independent Nonpartisan Commission to Apportion Legislative / Congressional Districts||Admin of gov't||Would create 17-member nonpartisan (no state officials, congress members, lobbyists, party officers, relatives or employees) commission to replace legislature in apportioning congressional and legislative districts||Abandoned|
|Individuals Detained, Incarcerated for Crime, and Under Supervision as a Result of Criminal Activity||Law enforcement||Would prohibit public body from entering contract, agreement or arrangement with any person (other than a public body) to provide care, custody or control of individuals detained or awaiting trial, or incarcerated||Courts struck from ballot|
|Limitation of Noneconomic Damages in Actions Arising From Medical Malpractice Incidents||Health Care||Would enact amendment which limits recoverable damages arising from medical malpractice to $500,000 for noneconomic losses (pain and suffering, inconvenience, mental anguish), but does not limit economic losses (medical expenses, lost wages)||Courts struck from ballot|
|Limiting Assessed Values and Taxes on Homestead Property||Taxes||Would enact amendment to prevent government or public entity in Florida from taxing homestead property more than 2/3 of its assessed value||Courts struck from ballot|
|Limiting Millage Tax Rates||Taxes||Would limit any increase in millage tax rates in Florida to lower of: 3% of prior year's rate or percentage increase in Consumer Price Index for prior year||Courts struck from ballot|
|Limiting Taxation by Non-Elected Persons||Taxes||Would enact amendment prohibiting any governmental or public entity from increasing any tax, fee, fine, license, millage or assessment or changing tax exemptions without obtaining approval by majority vote of electorate affected||Courts struck from ballot|
|Limiting Taxpayer Supported Social Services to Illegal Aliens||Immigration||Would enact amendment to prevent Florida and local government from expending funds for social services to anyone who is not a citizen or legal alien, with exceptions for emergency medical services and children's medical services||Courts struck from ballot|
|Patients' Right to Sue "Managed Care" Organizations for Unfair or Deceptive Practices||Health Care||Would enact amendment which allows patients or survivors to sue for harm or death caused by unfair competition or deceptive practices as defined by law||Abandoned|
|Property Tax Exemption for School Choice||Education||Would enact amendment allowing tax exemption for school tax if child is home schooled or attends non-public school, with specific exemption qualifications, definitions, procedures, and limitations||Courts struck from ballot|
|Public Protection from Repeated Medical Malpractice||Health Care||Would enact amendment prohibiting medical doctors who have committed three or more incidents of medical malpractice from being licensed in Florida||Abandoned|
|Public Safety and Security Act||Business regulation||Would prohibit state or local government from entering into any contract, franchise agreement, or other arrangement in which all or any portion of public safety service (fire, emergency medical, police, etc) would be privately provided||Abandoned|
|Requiring Insurance Companies to be Subject to Florida Antitrust Laws||Business regulation||Would enact amendment to require insurance companies to comply with state antitrust laws||Abandoned|
|Requiring New Standards for Insurance Rating||Business regulation||Would require insurance companies to charge rates approved by the state as meeting certain standards||Abandoned|
|Right to Jobs & Business Opportunities||Business regulation||Would establish Florida Business and Economic Opportunity and Employment Authority for purpose of creating and providing new jobs and business opportunities for permanent residents of Florida||Abandoned|
|Right to Treatment and Rehabilitation for Nonviolent Drug Offenses||Law enforcement||Would dictate Treatment and Rehabilitation for nonviolent drug offenses rather than incarceration||Courts struck from ballot|
|Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice Victims Compensation Protection Amendment||Health Care||Would enact amendment to provide injured claimant who enters into a contingency fee agreement with an attorney in claim for medical liability is entitled to no less thatn 70% of first $250,000 in all damages received by the claimant, and 100% of damages in excess of $250,000||Abandoned|
|Violation of Oath of Office by Member of the Legislature or Statewide Elected Executive Officer||Gov't accountability||Would dictate that any member of legislature or statewide elected executive officer who is found guilty of violating the oath of office shall forfeit the office and be banned from elected or appointed office for six years, and enforcement can be through civil action by attorney general, state attorney, or any citizen||Abandoned|
- As of the 2004 election, there had been 27 initiatives on the Florida ballot since the process began in 1976, in addition to legislatively-referred ballot measures.
- Floridians passed Amendment 3 in 2006, which requires that for any initiative, legislative referral or commission referral to pass, it must earn the approval of 60% of the state's voters.
- Florida voters have approved a higher percentage of their statewide ballot measures than voters in any other state.